Anybody suffering from TMJ disorder are probably at their wits end visiting doctors, dentists or chiropractors searching for the silver bullet to resolve their pain. Possibly one of the more difficult conditions to solve, I am afraid most people may be looking in all the wrong circles. Sure, the night splint might help alleviate the grinding of teeth but simply does not address the root of the problem. Do you really want to rely on a mouth splint that you have to wear every night just to reduce the symptoms of TMJ?

Often overlooked by dentists, doctors and others is our posture – specifically our head and neck posture. Rounded shoulders and forward head posture place excessive force on the jaw. Trials and studies have indicated that hands-on techniques such as massage and myofascial release can greatly relieve the symptoms people suffer with in TMJ.

Symptoms of TMJ vary from case to case but common complaints include; spasm and/or pain in the head, jaw, neck and shoulder muscles; headaches; earaches; jaw clicking or deviation; limited jaw opening; clench or grinding of the teeth and dizziness. Causes can include whiplash, bruxism, malocclusion, anxiety, stress, trigger points and postural dysfunction.

It is important to seek help with physical therapy because muscle contractures can develop and degeneration of the joint can occur. If you have unsuccessfully tried other forms of therapy to resolve TMJ, contact one of our physical therapists for a consultation today.

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